Landscaping your property can include things as simple as adding items like flowers or plants or by taking items away, like cutting down trees. But there are some simple tips for landscaping your property that you should consider before you do either.
Greg Davis is a professor of landscape design at the Kansas State University, and on Sept. 27 the Wichita Eagle reported that Davis told them he recommends home owners try and blend the house into the site upon which it sits. And that includes the use of trees and plants.
For five more tips from Davis on landscaping your property be sure to click through the following list.
Shrubs and trees should be planted near your home in order to balance and frame it and soften it, according to landscape design professor Greg Davis of Kansas State University.
The picture above exemplifies how a balance between nature and the home situated amidst it can be obtained, with plants and trees of varying sizes and shapes placed on each side of it, but still giving it an equal look.
Tall trees in back of a home create a background for it, anchoring it to the home, according to Davis. And Mary Palmer Dargan, a licensed landscape architect and former college professor of landscape design in Georgia is a master at this approach.
Shown here in front of a home landscape she designed in North Carolina, Dargan leads a landscape design workshop group on a garden tour of the property so they can learn how to design their own homes successfully.
Professor Davis recommends taking a drive in the autumn, when viewing fall color and plants can help make the decision about what to put in your own home landscape.
This photo taken at the Atlanta Flower Show of the Dargan Landscape Architects’ booth illustrates how attending garden shows can also help you determine landscape design for your own home. Viewing the designs created by professionals can give you ideas for free.
Davis also recommends that those seeking to landscape their properties should tour local flower and plant nurseries, to learn the names of the plants they see that they like, and to converse with experts about whether the plant will perform well for their zone and objectives.
Southern Living Plants makes it even easier, providing an online set of tools for the plant and flower shopper. They have tutorial videos too, so you don’t have to second guess about which plant will best meet your home landscape needs.
This property at Dovecote perfectly illustrates what Kansas State Univ. professor Greg Davis says you should do to reduce your energy bill: plant trees and plants around your house to create a wind buffer.
The owners of this property, also landscape designers, have maximized their small yard space while reducing their energy expenses by planting a variety of plants and trees of all shapes and sizes.